Thomas Carlyle Biography

Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of its time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era. One of those conferences resulted in his famous work On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History where he explains that the key role in history lies in the actions of the "Great Man", claiming that "History is nothing but the biography of the Great Man".

He was a very respected historian and his book The French Revolution: A History remains popular nowadays and it was the inspiration for Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Carlyle's Sartor Resartus is considered one of the finest works of the 19th century.

A great polemicist, he called economics "the dismal science", wrote articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia and his Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question remains controversial. Once a Christian, he lost his faith while attending the University of Edinburgh, embracing later a form of Deism. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Thomas Carlyle
Profession:
Mathematician, Philosopher, Writer
Religion:
Atheism
Date of Birth:
December 4, 1795
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius
Date of Death:
February 5, 1881
Age at Death:
85
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